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Things I Learned Last Week

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U.S. businesses need to hire 120,000 new Computer Science graduates this year. U.S. colleges and Universities will produce 40,000 Computer Science graduates.

The State Department still flies DC-3s!

Minnesota is the only state to make free online education illegal. A fix is in the works.

The Big Three auto makers need 40 labor hours to build a car. Toyota and Honda need 30.

Two thirds of community college students never finish.

Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food. That’s the weight of about 6 elephants.

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year.

Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows. I’ve taken out three this year!


Higher Ed Observations

Here are some excerpts from an interesting article:

It’s no secret that a college degree no longer confers the virtually sure path to affluence that it once did. The costs of education have increased rapidly in recent years. Meanwhile, the employment prospects for graduates have dwindled.


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it is becoming increasingly easy for college and post-graduate students to build up tremendous debt through education loans but increasingly difficult for them to pay these back with their post-graduate income. The similarities of today’s higher education markets to the housing markets of a decade ago are striking.

Further complicating the problem is the difficulty that parents now have in saving for their children’s education. Interest rates have been so low that the fees for a college fund are often higher than the interest earned. By the time the kids ready to go to college, the money in the fund is substantially less than the sum of the amounts that were put into it.

Yet education is more important than ever.

What we can expect to see in the next decade is an increasing insistence on the part of students and parents that any type of higher education pay for itself within three years or less after graduation. Many technical schools, community colleges, for-profit colleges and adult education programs already meet this requirement. Most public universities do not.

via Real Estate Opportunities for the Next Decade, Part 2: Classrooms | The Daily Capitalist.

Getting An Education

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What could be less contentious than the idea that struggling third world nations need investments in education? Maybe you should read this. Maybe some other investment, such as roads, would be more beneficial. Perhaps the government is too corrupt to make such an investment work. And what kind of education are we talking about? Does literacy in an obscure language help? It’s easy to imagine an educational program which is all but useless.

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

-Oscar Wilde


If you’re discouraged about the prospects for American education, cheer up! Free online education is a growing trend. Who knows how many people are learning who knows what outside of the formal education establishment? In the long run, it’s education, and not degrees, that matter.